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Some Popular Oregon State Parks Will Not Open This Summer

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Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, in Douglas County

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said it's facing a $22 million budget gap due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The department said at least eight state parks will remain closed until Labor Day, Sept. 7, or later.  

Those parks are:

Alfred A. Loeb State Park campground and day-use.

Battle Mountain Forest State Scenic Corridor day-use (no campground).

Cape Blanco State Park campground and day-use (closed through 2020). 

Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park campground.

Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area campground.

Saddle Mountain State Natural Area campground and trails.

Ukiah-Dale Forest State Scenic Corridor campground and day-use.

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park campground.  

The department said it may add other parks to that list in the future and urged people to check its website before visiting a park or recreation area.  

“When it became clear in spring that revenues were going to be unstable, we froze hiring, curtailed discretionary spending and suspended large improvement and repair projects and other programs such as grants,” the department said in a statement on its website.  

The parks and recreation department said it has only hired 77 seasonal staff out of the 415 positions allotted. It is also laying off nearly 50 people in other areas by June 30.  

Because of reduced staff, the department said, many of its facilities will be closed or have reduced hours. Places like showers and restroom facilities, ranger booths and welcome stations will be affected.  

The department reminds people who do plan on visiting state parks to choose a park close to home in order to avoid nonessential travel, stay home if you’re feeling sick and to make sure to maintain physical distance from other visitors.

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Meerah Powell is a general assignment and breaking news reporter for OPB. She previously worked as a news reporter and podcast producer for Eugene Weekly in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Along with writing and audio work, Meerah also has experience with photography and videography. She graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication.